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UK: Queen misses Christmas church service due to a cold

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UK: Queen misses Christmas church service due to a cold

<p>Queen Elizabeth has missed the Christmas church service near her Sandringham country residence in eastern England for the first time in decades – because of a heavy cold.</p> <p>A palace spokesperson said: “The Queen continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery.</p> <p>“Her Majesty will participate in the Royal Family Christmas celebrations during the day.”</p> <p>The Queen, who is 90, recently announced that she will be scaling back some of her duties, passing them over to other members of the Royal Family.</p> <p>She will step down as patron of more than 20 national organisations at the end of the year.</p> <p>Prince William also missed the Sandringham service this time.</p> <p>William and Kate, along with their children George and Charlotte, went to church in Berkshire – as they are spending Christmas with Kate’s family.</p> <p>The Queen’s annual <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/25/the-queens-speech-christmas-day-full-transcript-elizabeth">Christmas speech</a>, which was recorded before she fell ill, was broadcast as usual on Christmas Day.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Queen: “I wish you all a very happy Christmas” <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QueensSpeech?src=hash">#QueensSpeech</a> <a href="https://t.co/KHn3CWD1e4">pic.twitter.com/KHn3CWD1e4</a></p>— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/813036722757857281">December 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>